I’m currently collaborating with several great authors on a project in aid of the Santa Paula ‘No Kill’ Animal Rescue Center. Each of us has contributed a work to this up-coming anthology and all proceeds will go directly to the shelter.
I’m proud to be involved not only as a dog owner and animal lover, but because I will be published along some extremely fine talent. Today I’m interviewing Ted Krever.
Ted Krever spent several decades in media journalism, at ABC News on the magazine show Day One with Forrest Sawyer and the Barbara Walters Interviews of a Lifetime series, as General Manager of BNNtv, a documentary production company, creating programs for CNN, A&E, Court TV, CBS, MTV News, Discovery People and CBS/48 Hours, and as VP/Production of a short-lived dotcom.
He has also driven a 16-wheeler truck across the Rockies, shot overnight news footage in NY City, managed a revival-house movie theater and gotten married twice, a triumph of optimism.
He was once accused of attempting to blow up Ethel Kennedy with a Super-8 projector.
What type of fiction do you write and why?
My writing career has had two phases so far—my recent thriller books and, as Woody Allen might say, the early, funny ones. I’ve written two Mindbender thrillers in the last few years, stories with characters full of shadowy motives who can read your mind and plant thoughts there. They are pretty tightly plotted and full of my frustration with some of the turns our civilization has taken. The earlier books are mostly about the absurdity of seeking love in middle age, when you’ve moved past your romantic fantasies and it takes a lot to convince you to pick them up again.
Are you a dog / animal person?
Someone told my wife and I that we’re the dog pedophiles. We go down to the dog run and just watch the dogs to de-stress sometimes. I work too many hours to have a dog. We have two cats, another reason why I sometimes wish I had dogs.
Tell us about one of your main characters. What makes them special?
The main character of this book is based on my writing professor and second father, a dear man who saw the best in every situation. Every time I remember him, he’s laughing to the point of tears. He convinced me that was the best way to go through life and, while he’s certainly caricatured here, it’s with great affection.
Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?
I guess Dustin Hoffman could play my teacher. It would have to be someone with a real sense of humor and that would fit him very nicely.
Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?
Any honest author (and our trade is to make up stories, remember, so honesty is not guaranteed) would have to admit that we find something of ourselves in all our characters. I have pursued a woman with more fervor than was wise in my younger days, I try to see the world through the gentle, absurdist view of my former teacher, I can get carried away with odd notions (like dreaming with strangers) like Kate. I guess I’m not as organized or put-together as Nora but I’ve been crazy about several women much like her so maybe I’m not like her but I like her—does that count?
How violent are your novels?
The recent thrillers have some gruesome moments—it’s part of the deal. But I work hard to make it only when necessary and that it always has consequences.
Do you include humour?
All my books have humor. Every story that I care enough to write is a mystery and a comedy on some level. The difference between them is as much tone as subject matter. My next one, at least in the planning stages, is very much a comedy thriller.
What do you do when you don’t write?
This is funny joke you make. I’m either writing or thinking about writing, which is the other component of writing. Too many stories, not enough time.
Who would you like to invite for dinner?
John Le Carre, Naomi Klein and Jon Stewart, who has to be regretting deserting us just before Trump.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?
I just finished reading an ebook about sailing freighters in dangerous waters—research for my next novel. I’m now reading a paperback mystery called ‘Southern Seas’ by Manuel Vazquez Montalban—because it takes place in Barcelona, again research for the new book. After that, I’ll be reading the John Le Carre biography by Adam Sisman in hardcover. I usually read paper books but I found myself reading the freighter book with Kindle software on my phone, something I always found astonishing but it worked surprisingly well.